Getting Your CNA Training License

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If you’ve just completed your CNA training program, it may surprise you to find out that your state may not just hand you your license once you complete your state exam. Each state has its own procedures and rules regarding obtaining your CNA training license, but here are a few basic steps you can take to make sure you’re able to get yours.

Obtaining Your CNA Training License

  • After completing your CNA training, sit for your certification exam. This state test will consist of two parts that must be completed and passed before you can earn your license. The tests will cover both the skills you learned in the classroom and in the lab.
  • Once you have passed the test, contact your state’s nursing aide registry to obtain an application form so you can get your CNA license. Be sure to complete the form entirely, remembering to sign it at the bottom. You may need to have the application notarized before sending it back to your state’s licensing office.
  • Read the instructions that come with the application carefully. You may be asked to send other paperwork, such as paperwork that shows you have completed your CNA training class, verification that you have passed the state exam, and a copy of your photo ID, along with the application for licensure. The forms required may need to be sent in with the application, however some states will allow your CNA training instructor to send the paperwork in for you.
  • You may have to pass a criminal background check before you will be granted your CNA training license. If you were asked to do this before enrolling in the program, you may be able to skip this step.
  • In some states, medical physicals are required by licensing authorities. These physicals provide your state with information about your physical health so they can be sure you’re able to safely take care of patients. You may also have to have a TB test done if one was not required before you began the CNA training program.
  • While some states will allow you to obtain a temporary license while you wait for your application to be approved, most will require you to wait for your real license before you begin working as a CNA. You should receive your license in the mail once the state board of nursing has approved it.

Get Your CNA Training License Now!

Worried that you might make a mistake and do something that could jeopardize your ability to obtain your CNA training license? Don’t be. If you think you might forget a step or make a mistake, just talk to your CNA training instructor. They have been trained in all aspect of CNA training and will be able to help you find the answers you need. They’ll even be able to assist you in filling out your licensure application and help you understand the process of obtaining, renewing, and keeping your license once you have completed CNA training.

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